Hewes says ‘door of tolerance swings both ways’

Mayor Billy Hewes reiterated in a Facebook post that the city is all about tolerance, despite his personal belief that only heterosexuals should be allowed to marry….

…While his position has not changed since 2004 on marriage, he said in the Facebook post:

“I have every right to my own opinion and won’t be shamed for it. By the same token, I won’t persecute or condemn others for theirs. I may debate it with them, but I will not judge or be uncivil. Every difference of opinion is not a declaration of war….

…”We are many people and One Coast. I will not be a party to any action that discriminates against businesses or individuals, nor will I be used as a pawn to further one’s agenda of divisiveness.”